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violoncello

[vee-uh-luh n-chel-oh, vahy-]
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noun, plural vi·o·lon·cel·los.
  1. cello1.
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Origin of violoncello

1715–25; < Italian, equivalent to violon(e) violone + -cello diminutive suffix
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violoncello

noun plural -los
  1. the full name for cello
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Derived Formsvioloncellist, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Italian, from violone + -cello, diminutive suffix
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Word Origin and History for violoncello

n.

1724, from Italian violoncello, diminutive of violone "bass viol," augmentative of viola (see viola).

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